Some people may be astonished to find that they were lucky enough to have their criminal charges dropped against them. This is something rare that you should not look forward to when it comes to your criminal case, but still happens nonetheless.
Criminal Charges: Who Can Drop Them and Why
Not everyone can drop criminal charges. For instance, you won’t usually see a case where the victim decides to press charges and then suddenly drops them because they don’t want to deal with the case anymore. Instead, the government usually decides to drop the case for a variety of reasons. This means that it might be dropped at any point by the district attorney, attorney general, or other local authority who brought the charges in the first case.
The thing about victims is that they don’t always have to testify. The victim can usually decide to no longer participate in the case, especially if the case has caused them emotional trauma and they don’t want to go through with it. The prosecutor will consider this, but it doesn’t always mean the charges will be dropped – sometimes they will still continue and you will have to make your case.
When Prosecutors Decide to Drop Criminal Charges
Without the victim, it is very hard for the prosecutor to move forward. This happens in cases where the victim is the only one who can give proper testimony to keep the case going. Here are some of the reasons why prosecutors drop charges every day:
- Credible witnesses coming forward to back up the defendant
- Physical evidence against defendant is weak
- Prosecutor’s evidence is inadmissible
Of course, there are many other reasons on top of this. Do you believe that your case won’t hold up in court but you still want to speak to a defense attorney about your case and how to defend yourself during these trying times? Call us at the Law Office of Peter Blair for more information.